The Calumet Bridge was officially dedicated in Augusta today.A ceremony took place on the Old Fort Western side of the bridge.Back in March, Governor Baldacci signed into law a bill to rename the bridge.For years, it was called the Father Curran Bridge, named for a Roman Catholic priest.But after Father Curran died, he was accused of sexual abuse.
Hundreds of boy scouts will be better prepared for emergencies after this weekend.Franfort Troop 34 and Searsport Troop 215 are hosting a Fall camporee.And the theme is emergency preparedness and first aid.Local firefighters were on hand giving fire safety lessons.There was even a session on how to cook out in the woods.All the boy scouts will be camping out and will build their own bonfire tonight.David Alling, Vice Chairman of the Waldo Scout District says it’s just as fun for the troop leaders as it is for the boys.” This camporee is allowing the scouts to earn credits and various merit badges, emergency merit badges and first aid merit badges.
About half of Maine’s seasonal flu vaccine is late, and may not arrive until late next month after the swine flu vaccine is distributed.The Maine Center for Disease Control urged people to get their flu vaccinations early, but many are finding that the vaccinations are unavailable.Dr.
Two local film makers are getting a fairy tale wedding, all thanks to the generosity of Mainers.The group, called “Real Weddings Maine”, put together a wedding for Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, the folks who created the award winning documentary “The Way We Get By.”Real Weddings Maine had been looking for the perfect couple to donate a wedding to, and after seeing the movie, wedding planner Amber Small knew that she had found her them.They then solicited vendors to donate services and goods for the event.Small says the wedding is very upscale, and showcases that Maine can be am upscale destination wedding spot.Small says the price tag on this wedding is $800,000.
Funding from the federal government will help out emergency services in central Maine.$500,000 will be awarded to the emergency operations center in Skowhegan, which will be used to expand and renovate the center.Right now, the emergency center is a 500 foot training room and two small offices.In the event of a disaster, local and county emergency personnel would convene there to help coordinate response.
A 65-year-old woman from New Sharon, convicted of mistreating animals, landed in jail after being accused of using a stun gun on a state trooper.Carol Murphy was being investigated on a complaint that she was hoarding animals at her home.In 2004, 70-animals were seized from her property.A year later, she was found guilty of animal cruelty.Following that, Murphy was under a court order barring her from keeping animals.Wednesday, trooper Aaron Turcotte showed up at Murphy’s home to see if she was in violation.Court documents say she used a stun gun on him.Turcotte was not seriously hurt.A central Maine newspaper says at least 40 domestic and farm animals: including a donkey, two alpacas and a potbellied pig were seized the next day.
A man from Bar Harbor who pleaded guilty to multiple burglary charges has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.James Grindel, 44, was caught breaking into a home in Pretty Marsh in March.Authorities say the caretaker went to the house because an alarm was going off.
As Mainers look for ways to save money, some parents are cutting back on commercial baby food and making their own.For the first time, the UMaine Cooperative Extension is offering classes to show people how.Eight-month-old Marcus is a healthy eater – though peas don’t appear to be one of his favorite foods.
A new fire tool was tried out for the first time in the state of Maine Friday and it happened in Hermon.Orono Fire Chief Buddy Webb says the Fire Interruption Technology is basically a fire extinguisher in a can.The round piece of equipment is dropped into a house and can cut the flame’s temperature in half and help control the fire for up to ten minutes.The tool has only been on the market for about six months.
A Brewer woman was cited by police after a four car accident in Carmel Friday, that blocked off the southbound passing lane of I-95 for close to an hour.Police say 21-year-old Jocelyn Duff decided to switch directions on the interstate and slammed on her brakes.The car behind her was unable to stop in time and rear-ended Duff’s vehicle.That set off a chain reaction involving two other vehicles, including a tractor trailer.”Two of the vehicles ended up in the ditch.
Over 60 third-graders from Dover-Foxcroft are now the proud owners of new dictionaries.The Valley Grange in Guilford teamed up with the dictionary project.Which is a nonprofit organization out of South Carolina.The program works to help third-graders become good writers, active readers and creative thinkers.Walter Boomsma is the Program Director at the Valley Grange.Boomsma says they enjoy seeing how excited the kids get over their dictionaries.” We want the kids to learn to love of words.
A new modular building is helping patients feel more comfortable after treatments at Acadia Hospital.The Electric-Convulsive Therapy provides electrical stimulation to the brain and can help alleviate symptoms of depression and confusion.The ECT is an outpatient treatment, but can cause some disorientation to patients immediately after.
A Rockland man Friday pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the death of his baby daughter.Robert Harford Junior became emotional as he appeared before the judge in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast.Meghan Hayward reports.Twenty-five-year-old Robert Harford Junior told the judge he accepts his role in the death of his daughter Ava Gushee, in August of 2008.Harford was originally charged with murder.”We’ve contended from the time of the indictment that this was not a murder and we were fully ready to go to trial if the state had continued to insist on a murder charge.”During part of the hearing, Harford became so emotional, a short recess was taken for him to collect himself.His father was present in the courtroom and also had a difficult time.”To see your son in a situation like this is hard.
Attorney General Janet Mills says Maine’s gay marriage law will have no impact on curricula in public schools.The findings are in response to information requested by Education Commissioner Susan Gendron amid concerns about Maine’s same sex marriage law.Attorney General Mills says the law applies to issues such as inheritance, medical information and guardianship, she found no references in Maine’s laws to the teaching of marriage in the public school curricula.Mills also says that neither Maine’s law nor a Massachusetts court decision on the issue requires nor allows the teaching of any particular subject in schools.
A measure to change the law regarding the use of solitary confinement in Maine state prisons will be in front of lawmakers next session.On Thursday, the legislative council gave the green light to a bill that would reduce the use and abuse of solitary confinement.If passed, the new law would create stricter standards when it comes to segregating inmates.It would also ban isolating inmates with serious mental illnesses.
A missing hunter from Orrington, has been found dead in Dedham.Wardens say 57-year old Dion Seymour, Junior was reported missing around nine last night.He had left on his ATV to scout for deer hunting spots.When Seymour didn’t return 12 hours later, his wife called authorities.A state police trooper found Seymour’s vehicle in Ellsworth.Wardens found his body just before midnight on a steep trial with a granite ledge.Wardens say Seymour somehow rolled his ATV, and it landed on top of him.
Millions of dollars in federal money will be going to the University of Maine to study one of the state’s most powerful nature resources, the wind.Students on campus had a chance to listen in as a grant of $8,000,000 from the Department of Energy was announced for an offshore wind energy project.Lawmakers in Washington also gave final approval to a bill that includes $5,000,000 for the project- money that was secured by maine senator susan collins.According to Habib Dagher, director of the composite center at UMaine, and senator collins, this will allow Maine to become a national leader in wind energy.Collins says more than 30 public and private partners, including UMaine, Maine Maritime Academy, Bath Iron Works and Cianbro Corporation joined together to form the consortium that’s being awarded the Department of Energy grant.